After a few days rest I was offered some Ice Hockey tickets. The stadium was just down the road and I was up for having a real Canadian experience. I needed something to take my mind off things and if that didn't work - I still had the drugs!
originally in Australia. Shane, Jeremy and myself spent a few days together in and around Brisbane over a year ago. We stayed in touch and Jeremy just happened to be back in his hometown of Vancouver as I was rolling in. His eldest daughter had got us the tickets a couple of hours before and so off we went to Rogers Arena to watch the Vancouver Canucks V San Jose Sharks.
It was a game of 3 thirds! Apparently it was not a great game but the whole experience for me was really interesting. It seems Canadians take their aggression out on the sports field! A fight is a regular and almost expected part of the game. It is not stopped unless a third person joins in. It can only be one-on-one. The refs standby incase it gets out of hand but otherwise they are allowed to just get stuck in! Sometimes I would forget about the game and just people watch in the crowd. The sides are mixed so there is no separation of fans. Does that happen anywhere else? Everyone just seemed to get on. There was no foul language to be heard and no hotdogs were thrown in anger! Perhaps this game was just not edge-of-the-seat enough to get them riled, but it seemed clear to me at that moment why Canadians don't start wars! They may be tough but they are not aggressive - not until you put a hockey stick in their hand! So far I like my fellow countrymen and I look forward to meeting more of them.
I like to think that if I had stayed in Canada I would have been an Ice Hockey player! Is it too late?
In the meantime, whilst I consider the parallel world where I am Steph Jeavons - hockey player extraordinaire, and whilst the last of the snow thaws in Alaska - Rhonda and I will be taking a break from the big rides for a few weeks and enjoying the fresh smell of cherry blossoms in the wonderful and varied British Colombia. Next stop - Peachland!